PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wants a small town in south Tasmania, Australia to change its name in order to promote healthy living and a vegan lifestyle.
The organisation has written to Huon Valley Council to suggest Eggs and Bacon Bay (population 244 according to a 2011 census) should be renamed Apple and Cherry Bay, according to ABC, due to the abundance of both fruits in the local area – Tasmania is known as the 'Apple Isle.'
“We think it's a much better, kinder, compassionate and healthy name for this particular area ... considering the high levels of cholesterol and saturated fat in both eggs and bacon, the area might as well be called Heart Attack Bay,” said PETA Australia campaign coordinator Claire Fryer.
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Tasmania has some of the highest evels of obesity in Australia and local mayor Peter Coad is keen on the idea, saying “If we can promote healthy lifestyles then I think we should.” However, local residents have expressed their dismay according to The Wall Street Journal, with one saying, "I don’t think you go down to Eggs and Bacon Bay and think about your lifestyle."
Eggs and Bacon Bay is named after the wildflowers that bloom there in the area in the winter. The final decision whether to change the bay’s name rests with the Tasmanian Nomenclature Board.